Is Bismuth safe during pregnancy?

(May 27, 2010)

Bismuth In Pregnancy

Bismuth is a commonly used medication that is sold under various well known brand names. It is used to treat intestinal tract problems and gastrointestinal disorders. A woman generally experiences extreme hormonal upheavals during pregnancy which often results in a number of digestive problems. However, before you resort to medications it would be necessary to consult your doctor. You can also try out various home remedies and natural treatments to eliminate or at least control digestive problems.  

The FDA labels medications used during pregnancy as A, B, C, D, or X. This labeling allows the woman to determine the safety level of the medication. A class “A”  medication is one that has been though clinical studies and has been proven to have no side effects on either mother or child. Class “B”  drugs are considered to be relatively safe and Class “C” drugs require the prior consent of a health care provider but are considered to be relatively safe. Class “D” medications have definite risks but may be necessary while Class “X” drugs are considered to have extreme risks to both the mother and child so much so that the risks outweigh the possible benefits provided by them. It is important to check the labels of any medication before using them as even the most common over the counter drugs can have serious negative effects on a pregnant woman and her child. The common medications containing Bismuth are generally labeled as Class “C” drugs and so it is very important to consult your doctor first as it could have some negative side effects.

Instead of medication and drugs, you can try a couple of home remedies for stomach problems during pregnancy. You can follow the BRATTY diet which consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast and Yogurt. This diet is very effective as it helps to prevent dehydration, restore your energy levels, and provide you with adequate nutrition. It also helps to bulk up stools and allows it to pass easily from your system which reduces the amount of pressure exerted during bowel moments. Mash the bananas or cut them into tiny pieces as this makes it a lot easier to eat. You can steam some chicken and then blend it. Add the paste to your rice as this will make it more palatable and will increase its nutritional value. In addition to this, you should make sure that you have at least a slice or two of toast and unflavored yogurt.  

Submitted by P T on May 27, 2010 at 01:57

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